Progress Report on the Project "Purpose and Promise: A History of the Evolution of Higher Education in The Bahamas: with particular reference to the History of The College of The Bahamas" August 1, 2009 – April 30, 2010

Keva Marie Bethel


On June 30, 2009, I signed an Agreement with The College of The Bahamas to undertake a Project aimed at conducting research and writing on the history of post-secondary education in The Bahamas, with particular reference to the history of the College of The Bahamas. In order to facilitate this undertaking, The College appointed me as Scholar-in-Residence from August 1, 2009 to September 30, 2011, on the understanding that I would undertake research and write a book on the subject described.
The report that follows documents the activities that I have undertaken to date in fulfilling my commitments in relation to this project and a sample of preliminary findings emerging from the research so far conducted.
Dr Bethel died in February 2011 before completing the book. This article is an outline of the work she completed. A commentary on the outline is included in this volume of the journal: see Davis. L. A. (2016). Commentary on K. M. Bethel, Progress Report on the Project. The International Journal of Bahamian Studies, 22, 74-82.


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